Problem binge-watching is associated with anxiety and depression.
Around one in six people report addictive patterns of eating, or addictive behaviours around food.
The number of fatal drug overdoses in the US over a 12-month period has surpassed 100,000 for the first time. Fentanyl is the main driver of the spike in deaths.
Ultra-processed foods meet the same criteria for addictiveness that tobacco products do – and they’ve even been marketed in similar ways.
The audio version of an in-depth article on why experts are worried about AIs becoming addicts.
From October 1, Australians will only be able to buy e-cigarettes containing nicotine if they have a prescription from a doctor. But there’s another evidence-based way to help more smokers quit.
False narratives about drug addiction and policies that are not supported by research are deepening the overdose epidemic in the US.
When people think about how AI might ‘go wrong’, most probably picture malevolent computers trying to cause harm. But what if we should be more worried about them seeking pleasure?
China’s ruling may reduce video game play at first. However, one thing we know for sure is that the online world always adapts.
Fentanyl adulteration led to the replacement of heroin in the unregulated drug supply of British Columbia. Now that benzodiazepines are present in many opioids, are we headed towards a ‘new normal?’
We know stressful circumstances make people more vulnerable to developing addictions. Meanwhile, people seeking help for addiction may have had their treatment disrupted because of lockdowns.
While the COVID-19 pandemic raged on, the opioid epidemic got worse as drug overdose deaths soared. New research proposes a way to chemically modify opioids to reduce the risk of addiction.
A recent report outlines how the government can reduce the harm caused by the illicit drug trade.
Chemicals in drugs can be excreted unchanged, infiltrating waterways via sewage and effluent.
The pandemic has people spending more time online for school, socializing and work. To maintain a healthy relationship with social media, people should manage their online time and activities.
COVID-19 messaging frames staying home as a personal responsibility, but for many it’s a luxury they can’t afford. Like the language used for drug addiction, it stigmatizes low-income people.
Despite clear concerns about the global impact of problem betting, more governments are making it easier to access
Researchers who study addictions have started to assess whether social media might be addictive.
The story of the alleged Atlanta shooter highlights the two most common ways Americans think about compulsive behaviors – considering them the results of temptation and treating them as diseases.
It might be more helpful to talk about excessive use of social media in relation to degrees of harm rather than as “disorder” in terms of addiction.